Saturday, February 28


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Yay! Yay! Yay!

The super-hectic Feb, full of studying and paper-rushing after playing enough during Dec and CNY, is finally over. Phew. I made it, and we made it! Studying for the ES paper was quite a pain because I do not have feel for the covered topics but still have to crunch through. So, no more Macs for the next few weeks argh I am scared to even think of the M logo right now although I have to admit Farmway was quite nice and conducive though. Nonetheless, so glad that there is some time to breathe before the last module officially starts mid-march. It's time to go for all the good food!

I have been really slow in catching up with dramas and now that all the work is out of the way, it's time to continue with 命中注定我爱你. It's been really draggy at the beginning actually but I am at the better bits at the end already. I know it's absurd to say this but I think the male lead looks like Li Teng a lot! Haha.

Of course, I can't wait to warm the oven again with fabulous, new bakes! I really try doggy biscuits, muffins, and this one!

Nutella Bread Pudding
(serves one)

2 slices of day-old bread
1 egg
1/2 cup soy milk
1/8 cup white sugar (basically 1/2 of the 1/4 cup)

- Preheat oven to 170C.
- Spread Nutella over a slice of bread, and sandwich it with the other slice. Cut the sandwich into small cubes.
- In a bowl, whisk egg, milk and sugar.
- Soak the bread cubes in the milk mixture.
- Pour the mixture into a greased ramekin.
- Go crazy and slather more Nutella on top.
- Bake at 170C for 20-25 mins. Leave to cool for about 5-10mins.

It sounds really easy so can't wait to try very soon, need my Redman fix now!

Ah, now I can see why, saw this news the other day and thought it's very interesting.

Christmas ushers in break-up season

If you're thinking about breaking up with your partner, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Couples in rocky relationships are entering what's been called National Break-Up Season, the period between the December holidays and Valentine's Day when, according to a Yahoo Personals poll, people are more than twice as likely to think about breaking up than at any other time of the year.

"My practice is always busy in December," says Gary Direnfeld, a social worker and the tough-love talking voice of reason for couples on Slice TV's Newlywed, Nearly Dead?

"Christmas drives home the message we're all supposed to get along, love one another. When that isn't happening in a relationship, it feels more intense at Christmas."

Christmas and New Year's force people to focus on happiness and self-improvement and invariably leads to couples reevaluating their own relationships, experts say.

And not even the ludicrously rich nor the impossibly beautiful are immune.

In the celebrity world, for example, include the royal couple Madge and Guy Ritchie who are in the middle of a very public divorce proceeding.

Paris Hilton and her latest boy toy Benji Madden are dunzo, while Brit pop crazy Amy Winehouse is splitting up from her jailhouse hubby Blake Fielder-Civil.

Another poll by onlinedatingmagazine.comreported that 51 per cent of the 1,000 single respondents admitted to staying in doomed relationships over the holidays simply to avoid ugly confrontations and hurt feelings.

So is it cruel and unusual punishment to break up with someone the night before Christmas?

Not if you're being truthful with yourself, Direnfeld says.

"If you wait until after the holidays to break the news, your partner will feel betrayed," he said.

"More often than not, motives aren't as altruistic as you want to believe.

"It's looking to save themselves from the grief it would cause their partner.

"Who are you saving here? The truth of the matter is, you don't want to be the bad guy."

Psychologist Patrick Keelan says the dumper should consider the "cost-benefit analysis" of breaking up.

The longer the relationship, the harder the fall.

The more shared holiday events scheduled, the more stressful the split.

"If you're doing the break-up, consider the impact of the breakup over the holidays on your partner," Keelan, of the Calgary Counselling Centre, said.

Use your judgment about postponing the breakup, he advises, as it's likely to add stress to the holiday season.

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